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captain swoop
2010-Feb-13, 08:34 PM
Do you think they knew the camera car was coming past sometime that day? (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=rugdeveien+39+bergen&sll=59.913801,10.73882&sspn=0.000449,0.001635&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Rugdeveien+39,+5097+Bergen,+Hordaland,+Norwa y&t=h&layer=c&ll=60.360883,5.369267&spn=0.001032,0.001996&z=19&cbll=60.360884,5.369468&panoid=vIlVwLm8kDoxekaRJ0MwdQ&cbp=12,284.43,,1,14.19)

Swift
2010-Feb-13, 09:07 PM
Oh those guys. No, they're out there every day.

;)

megrfl
2010-Feb-13, 10:13 PM
Are they pothole repairmen?

clint
2010-Feb-13, 10:33 PM
Maybe that's fashionable in Norway... :lol:

chrissy
2010-Feb-13, 10:41 PM
Actually it isn't really Norway, it is Atlantis. Norway is just a ruse. ;) They are playing a game called, dress like frogmen and run across a pretend human road. Looks quite realistic doesn't it?

kleindoofy
2010-Feb-13, 11:27 PM
Do you think they knew the camera car was coming past sometime that day?
I think the two beach chairs visble on the right answer that question with a firm "yes."

Unless, of course, they are just really kinky ...

Tobin Dax
2010-Feb-13, 11:48 PM
I think the two beach chairs visble on the right answer that question with a firm "yes."
If you back track a bit, you can see that they were waiting for the camera car, knew (somehow, a look-out maybe?) when it was coming, then set up the chairs and sat down to pose as the camera car passed before getting up and chasing it.

If you look toward the location of the chairs and the blue van when the camera car is at the intersection and approaching, the chairs aren't there yet. The frogmen are standing next to the chairs in the next "frame," and are sitting just before and during camera car passing.

01101001
2010-Feb-14, 01:11 AM
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Google makes the world a stage for Sampsonia Way (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08317/927167-53.stm#ixzz0fT5QJTLj)


Not knowing if Google would play along, they plotted to interject staged scenes that blurred the boundaries between fiction and reality. It helped that in 2006, Google opened an office in a Carnegie Mellon building on Forbes Avenue.

"So there was an easy way to start this communication with them" through the intercession of key people, Mr. Kinsley said, and Google bit.

Then the planning began, with Mr. Kinsley spending many weekends knocking on doors in the neighborhood looking for participants.

The shoot was scheduled for the morning of the first Saturday in May, with fingers crossed for good weather because the Googlemobile camera can't shoot in the rain.

Sampsonia Street project site: streetwithaview.com (http://www.streetwithaview.com/)

Jim
2010-Feb-14, 07:12 PM
A couple of years ago, Google announced they would be taking shots of parts of Houston to add to their streetview. Some time after, I Googled my address to see if they'd done us; they had.

I looked at the pic of my house and noticed something. And then I knew when exactly they had been down our street.

There, up on a ladder, was yours truly, stringing Christmas lights in our sweet gum.

closetgeek
2010-Feb-15, 01:59 PM
is there any way you can find out the date of the picture taken?

ShadowSot
2010-Feb-15, 02:07 PM
I get a kick out of stuff like this.

NEOWatcher
2010-Feb-15, 04:16 PM
They have been known to throw in thier own "Easter Eggs".

Edit: Actually, the more I think about it, Google most likely had some part in it. I can't imagine anybody being able to get behind the vehicle fast enough in flippers. Perhaps the driver just slowed down after seeing them thinking it would be funny.

SeanF
2010-Feb-15, 09:26 PM
I'd have to do a search to find my source again, but I do believe they were friends of the driver. That's how they new when their street would be getting photographed.

RAF_Blackace
2010-Feb-15, 09:40 PM
I'd have to do a search to find my source again, but I do believe they were friends of the driver. That's how they new when their street would be getting photographed.

A mate of mine lives just down the road from there, he confirms that also. They were friends with the driver and knew he was coming. He also knew they would be waiting so slowed down for the photos.